If the fertility expert has informed you that you are ovulating irregularly, ovulating either too early or late or not ovulating at all, you aren’t alone. Challenges with ovulation may be an indication you have infertility issues; infertility is diagnosed when it is difficult to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term. Understanding the steps involved before a pregnancy occurs can give you a clear picture on the role of fertility drugs such as Ovidrel 250 mcg. The following are the basic stages involved before and after conception.
What happens in a woman’s body before implantation and the role of Ovidrel 250 mcg?
Ovulation is a crucial stage before conception takes place. Hormones regulate a woman’s monthly cycle; the natural hormones trigger egg development and maturation. Ovulation takes place when the ovary releases the egg. The follicle, which contained the egg, produces progesterone. Progesterone hormone prepares the uterus lining in preparation for implantation. The following are the complication associated with ovulation:
- The eggs don’t mature or develop in the menstrual cycle
- The eggs are not released from your ovaries
- Primary ovarian failure
This is when this injectable medication comes to aid in ovulation process; fertility specialists claim that one-quarter of female infertility is as a result of ovulation problems. It is good to note that Ovidrel isn't used if a woman has primary ovarian failure. Primary ovarian failure is a condition in which a woman ovary doesn’t produce eggs. The medication is available in a prefilled syringe containing 250 mcg. Its main ingredient is human choriogonadotropin alfa (HCG). It’s given to women who need medical assistance to conceive. Before the fertility expert prescribes this medication, you undergo tests to find the exact cause (the medical condition) of infertility. If you need a hormonal replacement therapy or need supplementation of hormones in the treatment program, the doctor may prescribe the medication.
In women, Ovidrel therapy is used together with other drugs for fertility. It’s used after Clomid has been unsuccessful. The medication supports egg development and triggers ovulation that’s why it is commonly termed as the trigger shot. Before the drug is injected, a woman may be given Clomid first or human menopausal gonadotropin to aid the ovaries develop the follicles (the role of the follicles is to hold the eggs). Once the fertility expert has confirmed that the follicles have developed to completion through ultrasounds, the medicine is given to assist in the final maturation of the eggs and to stimulate ovulation.
The next stage is fertilization; in other words, conception takes place. The released egg travels via the fallopian tube on its way to the uterus. Fertilization occurs in the fallopian tube if a viable sperm is available. Sperm ejaculated during sex travels to the fallopian tube with the help of fertile cervical mucus. However, there are problems which may make fertilization impossible, such as:
- Poor or low-quality cervical mucus
- Low sperm count
- Blocked fallopian tubes
Implantation occurs after fertilization takes place, the fertilized egg must attach to the lining of the uterus to grow and develop. The following are potential problems in this stage:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Damages on the walls of the womb
It’s obvious that Ovidrel can’t deal with all the complication or the challenges experienced in ovulation, fertilization, and implantation. The physician will advise accordingly on the best fertility treatment to deal with other medical conditions causing infertility. Surgery may be a solution to deal with blocked fallopian tubes, but the fertility specialist will determine the best course of action to correct infertility.
What Happens After the Trigger Shot?
After taking Ovidrel, expect ovulation to occur within 24 to 36 hours, thus you should have sex at this time. If you are going through ovarian stimulation for IUI (intrauterine insemination) or IVF (in vitro fertilization), the health care provider will give you guidelines on when to receive the injection at the hospital or give the shot at home; this is to help the doctor schedule the procedure for the appropriate time.
After the injection, a woman looks forward to confirming if she has finally conceived. You may have bought a pregnancy testing kit to do the test at home. Nonetheless, it’s important to wait for Ovidrel half life to clear from the body. Bear in mind a home pregnancy test detects HCG hormone and Ovidrel contains this particular hormone. If you take a pregnancy test before the drug is cleared from the body, you may get a false pregnancy test, yet you haven’t conceived. The false positive results may excite you temporally and later disappoint you.
How Long Does the Drug Stay in System?
It takes two weeks for the drug to clear after receiving the shot; the body gets rid of almost half of Ovidrel medication that is in your body every 23 to 35 hours. If the waiting period is long, the doctor can advise you to visit his clinic to do a test known as quantitative beta HCG. The test detects if the HCG levels are rising or declining. If the levels are declining, conception hasn’t taken place; the reduction of HCG levels is an indication that the drug is being cleared from your body. On the other hand, if the test indicates the levels are rising, it’s a good sign you might be pregnant. The blood test carried out at the doctor’s office is more reliable.
Other Uses of Pre-Filled Injection
This medicine isn’t limited to females only; it’s used by men dealing with infertility as well. It stimulates your testes to produce testosterone hormone. As a result, the testes and the penis enlarge as well as an increase in sperm count. Also, the growth of hair is experienced in the pubic area. Additionally, the drug may be prescribed for weight loss, although the medicine hasn’t been approved by the FDA for weight loss as it claims when utilized improperly, it may lead to serious side effects. The doctor may prescribe this medication to treat a condition which has not been mentioned, always ask a question if uncertain why the doctor has prescribed the medication. If worried about the cost of this drug, get a list of pharmacies which sells the medication prescribed and compare the prices.
It’s true the drug has resulted in successful pregnancies, it falls under the category X as listed by FDA; this is an indication it shouldn't be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or suspect you are pregnant inform the physician.
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